Screenshot of the smart map model, Source: Ayuntamiento de Pamplona

Pamplona offers a look into the future of maps

Pamplona offers a look into the future of maps

Detailed precision to approximate real-life conditions as closely as possible

The Pamplona City Council and the Department of Territorial Cohesion of the Government of Navarra will prepare a precise and updated cartography for the municipality of Pamplona. The horizon for the completion of the smart map is set to be 2023. The two administrations signed a collaboration agreement that establishes that the total budget, of 730,000 euros, will be financed in equal parts by both sides.

In addition, by virtue of this agreement, the Regional Executive undertakes to use, in the updates of the Topographic Map of Navarra, the data from the precision cartography that will be carried out in this project. For its part, the Pamplona City Council undertakes to keep it updated once the works are completed.

What benefits can such cartography provide?

Pamplona’s municipal website explained that this action will make it possible to have a smart map with updated information on the city's services and facilities. It can be used by the administration to draw up general urban planning plans, update cartography at different scales, raise funds, and combine geographic data from various sources so that it can be shared, among other things.

Current cartographic technology allows obtaining geographic information with data and characteristics associated with each element on a map. For example, a streetlamp pin is associated with the type of lamp it contains, its date of installation, the future date of replacement, and so on. This novelty will facilitate the work of the different units of the administration, and it will allow them to have an extensive geographic database.

One of the systems that will be used in the project is Mobile Mapping, which allows data to be collected in bulk using several capture methods simultaneously. In addition, laser scanners on tripods will be used to scan areas under trees where Mobile Mapping has not reached. The result is the generation of a high precision point cloud of the environment complemented with the photographs.

The Pamplona City Council had already carried out a pilot project of about 40 hectares of the municipal territory, ​​which has served to define the data models and the optimal way of working.

In the next three years, the rest of the precision urban mapping will be developed to complete the remaining 2,509 hectares of the surface.



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